To do all the steps in the Engineering Design Process over several weeks, months, or years is quite possible for almost anyone. To to all of the steps in the Engineering Design Process (and to fully document them in your engineers notebook) in one class period takes someone like you.
- Define the Problem—review these rules and write a synopsis in your engineer's notebook. Research the topic using available resources.
- Generate Concepts—brainstorm ideas. Sketch possible solutions. Decide on a solution to develop further.
- Develop a Solution—sketch the final design in your engineer's notebook.
- Construct and Test a Prototype
Evaluate the Solution—compare your performance to other teams in the class. Decide on ways to improve your device. Modify and retest.
Present the Solution—provide an oral report to the whole class by the end of the period.
- Construct the structure out of the authorized materials.
- Measure the vertical distance between the two pennies.
- Up to 10 points for having the greatest vertical distance between the two pennies.
- Up to 10 points for documenting all of the steps in the design process in your engineers notebook. Evaluation will use the Design Process Rubric.
- Up to 10 points for the Oral Report. Evaluation will use the Oral Report Rubric.
- This is an activity for teams of 2 students. Your partner is the person sitting at the same table as you are per the seating chart.
- Each structure is limited to 1 piece of 8½ by 11 paper and a piece of tape about 2 inches long.
- Each team will be given two U.S. One Cent coins.
- A pair of scissors may be used to cut the paper or tape, but cannot be part of your structure.
- Another piece of paper and tape may be obtained if an earlier prototype is disposed of.
- The distance that counts for score is the vertical distance between the two pennies with one of the pennies supported by nothing but the paper/tape, and both pennies touching the paper.
- The device may be modified and retested as desired up until the first oral report.
Some Thoughts on Leader Boards
A simple one factor leader board
What if smaller is better?
West Point Bridge Building
A Two Factor Leader Board
Maximize Aircraft Load
A Multiple Factor Leader Board
Cargo Airplane Challenge
- How do you sort blank?
- What if zero is not the low score?
- Can students enter data? Sort?
- What is the perfect challenge?
- Quick to build prototype.
- Multiple factor performance measure.
- Easy to modify after first test.
- Improved by the application of STEM principles
- Easy to succeed, hard to do outstanding, no limit to performance.
The Notes Outline
Last updated on 17 October 2017